According to court and police records, Eric Wallace, 38, of Blackwell, MO, stole a 2002 Toyota Highlander from a Maplewood resident in the 7300 block of Flora Avenue.
The victim reported that his car, containing tools and other property valued at $6,610, had been stolen while it was parked overnight outside his house.
The car was recovered two days later being driven by Wallace in Jefferson County. The victim said Wallace was an acquaintance of his, but had no explanation as to how Wallace had the key to the car. Wallace claimed that he had taken the car not realizing that it belonged to the victim because hew was angry with the victim’s house mate. Wallace said he had removed the property from the car and was storing it in a garage in Salem, MO.